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WERCouncil Events
  • Sept. 14, Columbus WERCouncil Kenco/Whirpool Distribution Center Tour, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 18, North Carolina WERCouncil BSN Medical Facility Tour, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 18, Michigan WERCouncil Classic Transportation and Warehousing Tour, 5:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 19, Michigan WERCouncil-Distribution Costing For Profitability, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

  • New Publication From Career Systems International

    Bev Kaye, author and speaker, has a new book available, "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go." Bev has been a speaker at the WERC Conference and is known for her practical advice on communicating with employees. Pre-order "Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go" today!

    Zero hour looms for controversial California warehousing bill
    DC Velocity    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    It began with an effort by California lawmakers to curb the alleged abuses of temporary staffing agencies who placed laborers in warehouses and DCs, collected fees from the warehouse operators, and then refused to pay the workers or left them to struggle in unlawful working conditions. It comes to an end with a bill on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown that warehousing interests warn will result in California's effectively re-regulating their industry and their contractual relationships with customers, thus making it problematic for any business wanting to work with a warehouse operator in the state. More

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    What forklift dealers say about you
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    During economic hard times lift truck fleet managers have several options when it comes to equipment maintenance. One is to be extra diligent in making sure preventive maintenance gets done so they don't have to pay extra for unexpected downtime. Another is to save the time and cost required for periodic maintenance and deal with issues as they occur — possibly relying on underutilized equipment as backup for replacement or as a source for spare parts. More

    The 4 stages of engaging employees on sustainability    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Margie Flynn writes, "As a speaker at the recent Sustainability Leadership Forums in New York and Chicago, I had the opportunity to talk about ways employee engagement benefits corporations, from increasing employee retention and satisfaction, to positive financial impact. In fact, companies with sustainability programs built upon high employee engagement perform better and provide tangible upside to both the employees and the company, according to Net Impact's Talent Report: 'Workers who are able to make social or environmental impact on the job are more satisfied by 2:1.'" More

    Report: Labor concerns driving rise in container imports
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    Containerized imports entering the nation's major ports are expected to rise above seasonal norms in September as retailers scramble to get their cargoes into U.S. commerce ahead of a possible Oct. 1 work stoppage by organized labor at East and Gulf Coast ports, a retail trade group and a maritime consultancy said. The monthly "Global Port Tracker" report, issued jointly by the National Retail Federation and Washington-based consultancy Hackett Associates, projected that containerized traffic in September will increase by 8.5 percent from the same period in 2011. More

    Overcome 5 common ergonomic mistakes
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Through a series of benchmarking studies conducted over the past 10 years, Humantech has identified five major barriers to successfully managing workplace ergonomics. In a new e-book, "Five Mistakes Companies Make with Ergonomics," ergonomics engineer and Humantech Vice President Walt Rostykus boils down the following mistakes made by companies of all sizes, industries, and locations. More


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    Determining actual CPM rate is first step toward improving system capacity
    Supply Chain Digest    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Cliff Holste writes, "While improving DC productivity gets a lot of attention, most distributors depend on shipments for revenues. Having the most efficient and productive operation is great! But, if the material handling system throughput is somehow constricted, then the system cannot produce at its full potential and the company is at risk of losing sales revenue. For a distribution system to yield peak performance, it must be capable of operating at maximum capacity." More

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    10 reasons winners keep winning — aside from skill
    Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Rosabeth Moss Kanter writes, "Whether the game involves competing every four years in the Olympics or every day in a business, winning brings advantages that make it easier to keep winning. To understand sustainable success, I compared perpetual winners with long-term losers in professional and amateur sports and then matched the findings to business case studies for my book 'Confidence.'" More

    If supply chain wonks ruled the world
    Material Handling & Logistics    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    No matter how solid a company is, it can't be competitive in this era of instant demand and supply without competent supply chain management. Launching upon this premise, members of the Material Handling & Logistics Editorial Advisory Board participated in a roundtable discussion of the talent it will take to stay in business through the market turbulence threatening to become our new normal. More

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